2015 Irmo Okra Strut Festival September 25th And 26th

2015 Irmo Okra Strut Festival September 25th And 26th

2015 Irmo Okra Strut Festival September 25th and 26th. The 42nd Annual Irmo Okra Strut Festival takes place this Friday and Saturday, September 25th and 26th at Irmo Community Park. The Okra Strut began in October 1973 by the Lake Murray-Irmo Woman's Club in an effort to raise money to build a library. The event took place inside at Seven Oaks Park and was a modest arts and crafts sale featuring fried okra. By the 6th annual Okra Strut, the event was moved outside to downtown Irmo. And by 1980, Irmo's first library was built. Today, the Okra Strut has become a 2-day event that is managed by a board of committee members who are appointed by the Irmo Town Council. The family-friendly event includes a street dance, live entertainment, a parade, arts & crafts, rides & amusements, a petting zoo, and lots of food including the famous fried okra still prepared by the Lake Murray-Irmo Woman's Club. Proceeds go to various community projects, scholarships, and area improvements. 

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The Okra Strut Festival will kick off Friday evening at 6 pm with live entertainment at the Palmetto Health Amphitheater. Beginning at 6:30, live musical acts include the SC Philharmonic Orchestra, Prettier Than Matt and Deleved, and Rocketman show by Tokyo Joe, a tribute show to Sir Elton John. There will also be an okra eating contest in between the acts. Saturday the festival will start at 9:00 am with a parade and will feature lots of live entertainment throughout the day. On the Palmetto Health Amphitheater acts include Shelby Raye, Dawn Key Shotguns, Pam Austin, Natural Desire Band, One Track Mindz, and the Coastal Breeze Band. Entertainment on the Grand Ole Okry Stage include Unity Karate, SC Christian Dance, US Tae Kwon Do, Capital City Cloggers, and Freeway Music. And there will also be a second Okra Eating Contest on Saturday. 


Admission to the Irmo Okra Strut is free. The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission will be providing complimentary shuttle service again this year from various parking lots including Irmo Village Shopping Center, Midlands Technical College, Crossroads Middle School, and the old Piggly Wiggly shopping center. The shuttle will run on Friday from 5:30 pm to 12:00 am and on Saturday from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. 


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